How to Make Funeral Memorial Cards

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How to Make Funeral Memorial Cards
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Passing of a loved one can be a difficult time, especially when planning the funeral. To commemorate the memory of the deceased, a funeral memorial card can be made. Traditionally, a funeral memorial card includes a photo of the deceased, a writing sample (this could be a quote, poem, prayer or something from the heart) that she enjoyed or that was a good representation of her. A funeral memorial card can be made by hand or on the computer from scratch or on a program.

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Things you need

  • Photos of the deceased
  • Stock or card paper
  • Laminating materials
  • Ink

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    Choose the photos, quotes, prayers or poems that you would like to include in the card. Typically only one picture is put on the card; however, you can take a collage of pictures and scale it to fit onto the card. For the words that you would like to include in the card, try to choose a favourite quote, prayer or poem of the deceased or something that he would have liked. The overall design elements that also need to be decided include: colour scheme (i.e., black and white), font of the writing on the card and the orientation of the card (portrait/vertical or landscape).

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    Arrange the photos and written elements together on the card in the way that you would like them to be placed on the card. For example, for the front layout of the card, you could place the quote/poem or prayer that you chose to include and on the back, put the photo or photo collage with the name of the deceased and the date of her death either above or below the picture. Move things around and consider all the options to make the best decision.

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    Finalise the card design. Once you have decided on the layout of the card, put it together and get it down to the size of a tradition palm card or about the dimensions of a wallet-size photo. Make sure the pictures are in the right position and all the words are legible and spelt correctly.

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    Print and laminate the cards. You can print the finalised card onto stock paper or ream paper and multiple cards can fit together on one page. The card should be laminated to protect it from wear and tear. Depending on the number of memorial cards that are going to be distributed, you may want to take a copy of your card to a printing company. They have the capacity and resources to develop mass quantities, and that could be less expensive than printing and laminating from home.

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